Periodontal Treatment Specialist

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Westchester Smile Design

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Yonkers, NY

A recent study published in the journal of the American Dental Association found that approximately 42% of American adults have periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease. At Westchester Smile Design, Shay Markovich, DMD, and the dental team offer access to a variety of oral health specialists, including periodontists. To protect the health of your gums, schedule an exam online or call the Yonkers, New York, office today.

Periodontal Treatment Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a branch of oral health care that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, as well as the placement and care of dental implants.

Periodontics addresses all types of gum disease, from mild to incredibly severe. The specialty also includes a wide array of treatment options, including scaling and root planing, certain regenerative procedures, and root surface debridement.

All of the specialists at Westchester Smile Design have over 15 years of experience. You can feel confident knowing you’ll receive high-quality, comprehensive periodontal care. 


Are there different types of gum disease?

There are many types of gum disease, but the two most common are gingivitis and periodontitis.


Gingivitis is the mildest and most common form of gum disease. It causes your gums to become red, pink, and slightly swollen and is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. 

If your gums ever bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, gingivitis may be to blame. Fortunately, if gingivitis is caught in its early stages it can be treated and even reversed.


Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that occurs when plaque and bacteria are able to break beneath your gum line. 

This process triggers your body’s natural inflammatory response, causing your gums to separate from your teeth. Left untreated, periodontitis can eat away at your jawbone and cause your teeth to fall out.

Can gum disease be prevented?

Gum disease is a serious problem, but it’s also entirely preventable. In fact, brushing your teeth twice every day, flossing, rinsing with a fluoride-based mouthwash, and visiting Westchester Smile Design for regular cleanings and exams can significantly lower your risk. 

How is gum disease treated?

The team at Westchester Smile Design offers two types of periodontal treatment, scaling and root planing and dental crown lengthening.

Scaling and root planing

Scaling involves your dentist removing deposits of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. By eradicating these pockets, your risk of gum recession and disease drops significantly.

Root planing, on the other hand, involves smoothing out the rough, outer surfaces of your teeth. The smoother your teeth are, the harder it is for plaque and bacteria to collect and cause decay.

Dental crown lengthening

Dental crown lengthening is a more time-consuming procedure, and involves surgically removing excess gum and bone tissue. By exposing more of your natural tooth material, it’s easier for your dentist to attach a crown.

If you’re concerned about your risk of gum disease, call Westchester Smile Design or schedule an exam online today.